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Say what you see

From mental health & self harm, to Global Warming & Climate Change, Kilmarnock Creative Pathways participants created an amazing video showcasing a compilation of their work on the course.

Creative Pathways is a free arts-focused employability programme teaching young people aged 16-17 practical creative arts skills while offering them support with job-searching, CV-building and interview skill.

Their work came about from a series of group chats about what art is and where it came from and what can be art. The young people looked at surrealism, conceptual art and visited an exhibition by local artist Jamie Cooper who also came in to give a talk to the young people about his work.

Many people can be put off by art because they don’t understand the language. So their starting point was; say what you see first and then make connections of your own, then discuss.

Everyone had their own approach to their own art. The young people found objects and bought various items from charity shops and re-appropriated them.

Leah painted something about mental health.

Jordan made a collage about mental health and social media.

Mathew and Corrie both painted onto mirrors so that their work confronted the viewer by putting them into the picture.

Nicole made post it notes with surreal messages and statements and put them in the window to attract attention to the project.

Rebecca painted abstract works.

Robyn made messages about environmental issues.

Sophie made a dress out of paper mache and recycled bottles.

It was a salon approach to a group exhibition, working together and working alone and the video was a response to the coronavirus as their exhibition was unfortunately cancelled. It makes reference to the coronavirus in the video, with messages to wash your hands and keep a good distance.

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